It seems like such a simple statement, but it’s taken several decades of research to confirm that most people do, in fact, benefit from therapy.
Some of this research has also addressed the trickier question of how therapy works. As it turns out, the relationship between the therapist and the client plays a huge role.
Given the importance of this relationship, doesn’t it seem odd that anyone would choose a therapist from the phone book?
Well, maybe not so odd. People going through serious difficulties can have a hard time just getting out of bed, much less trying to learn to shop for a therapist. Even those who do have the motivation often give up because they just don’t know what they’re looking for.
If you’re reading this book, you probably know what I’m talking about. Resist the temptation to pick someone from an ad or call the first number your doctor gives you. Choosing a good therapist takes more effort than opening a phone book, but it’s not as difficult as you might imagine.
This book will walk you through the process step-by-step and give you all the information you’ll need to make an informed decision.
Please read the book in order the first time through without skipping pages or jumping from chapter to chapter. Of course, you can always go back and review sections after you’re done. It’s also very important to complete all of the written exercises.
The book is short and simple, so you’ll probably be ready to make your first appointment in a few days. Feel free to move at your own pace, but try not to fall into the procrastination trap. Remember, you’re looking for a good therapist, not a perfect one.
Just one more thing before we get started. If you’re going through a major crisis, don’t wait to get help. Call 1-800-784-2433 or your local crisis hotline. If you feel like you might hurt yourself or someone else, go immediately to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
Let’s get started. As any smart shopper will tell you, the first step in getting what you want is knowing what you want.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Jul 2009